Load the Solver Add-in in Excel

The Solver Add-in is a Microsoft Office Excel add-in program that is available when you install Microsoft Office or Excel.

To use the Solver Add-in, however, you first need to load it in Excel.

  1. In Excel 2010 and later, go to File > Options

    Note: For Excel 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Excel Options.

  2. Click Add-Ins, and then in the Manage box, select Excel Add-ins.

  3. Click Go.

  4. In the Add-Ins available box, select the Solver Add-in check box, and then click OK.

    Notes: 

    •  If the Solver Add-in is not listed in the Add-Ins available box, click Browse to locate the add-in.

    • If you get prompted that the Solver Add-in is not currently installed on your computer, click Yes to install it.

  5. After you load the Solver Add-in, the Solver command is available in the Analysis group on the Data tab.

  1. On the Tools menu, select Add-Ins.

  2. In the Add-Ins available box, select the Solver Add-In check box, and then click OK.

    • If Solver Add-in is not listed in the Add-Ins available box, click Browse to locate the add-in.

    • If you get a prompt that the Solver add-in is not currently installed on your computer, click Yes in the dialog box to install it.

    After you load the Solver add-in, the Solver button is available on the Data tab.

The Solver add-in from Frontline Systems isn't currently available for Excel on mobile devices.

Solver is a free add-in for Excel 2013 with SP1 and later. For more information, search for Solver in the Office Store.

The Solver add-in from Frontline Systems isn't currently available for Excel on mobile devices.

Solver is a free add-in for Excel 2013 with SP1 and later. For more information, search for Solver in the Office Store.

The Solver add-in from Frontline Systems isn't currently available for Excel on mobile devices.

Solver is a free add-in for Excel 2013 with SP1 and later. For more information, search for Solver in the Office Store.

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See Also

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